Henderson City High School, 1955 to 1963

Barret Manual and Henderson City High Coaches 1952-1971

City High Facts
Henderson City High Basketball With Game Scores1955-56
The Game-Henderson All-Stars vs the Harlem Magicians, April 1961
1955 KHSAA State Football Champions & Game Scores
1956 Henderson City High Baseball
1956 Henderson City High Track
Barret Manual and Henderson City High Coaches 1952-1971
Coach Don Shelton-1928- 2011
1955-56 City High Basketball team, Players Profiles
1956 West All-Star Team
Pascal Benson, All-State-Football, Basketball, baseball
Tommy Glover, high school All-American
1959 KHSAA State Football Champions
1959 Football State Champions Reunion
1959-60 Henderson City High School Basketball
1959-60 Henderson City High School Basketball Queen
1959-60 Henderson City High School Homecoming Queen
1959-60 Henderson City High Cheerleaders
1960-61 Henderson City High School Basketball
1960-61 Henderson City High School Football
1960-61 Henderson City High Cheerleaders
1960-61 Henderson City High Basketball Queen
1960-61 Henderson City High Homecoming Queen
Link to Class of 1963
City High Class Presidents, 1956-1963
All Henderson High Schools Basketball Scoring records
All-State-Regional-District-Honors from 1953 to 1957
All-State, All-American High School Basketball teams 1955-56
All-Time Kentucky High School Scorers
National High School 100 point games
Barret basketball 1954-55
Barret basketball Scores-game by game 1954-55
Barret baseball 1955
1954-55 Barret Manual High School Cheerleaders
William Spoehr & the 1916 Barret Basketball champions
Closed Henderson Schools & Kentucky School Consolidations
Photos of old Henderson Schools
Barret High & City High Fight Songs
100 points records and Mr. Kentucky basketball winners
"King" Kelly Coleman and the Wayland Wasps
Kentucky State Basketball Tournament Records
Link to 1957, 6th Grade Jefferson Elementary
Lex's pick of best of Kentucky Athletes/Entertainers
All-time Barret/Henderson City High Basketball Team
Contacts with Classmates
Links to other web-sites

Coaches, Barret Manual, Henderson City High 1952-1971

Basketball-Baseball Coaches:
T. L. Plain:                          1952-1953 (BMTHS)
                                            1953-1954 (BMTHS)
                                            1954-1955 (BMTHS)
                                            1955-1956 (HHS)
                                            1956-1957 (HHS)
Don Chapman:                   1958-1960
Chester Montgomery:       1960-1963
Miles Willard:                    1963  
Ken Geralds:                      1963
Bill Womack:                      1963 (interim coach only)
Football Coaches:
Don Shelton                       1952-1960
Bull Dawson:                     1961-1973



Book title: "My Life &Times" by coach T. L. plain,
copyright 2010.
A book written on his memoirs, covering everything from his childhood through present day in Owensboro, KY.
T. L. sent me a copy of his book and I found  it was some very interesting reading material.

Coach T. L. Plain

Head Coach at Barret Manual Training High School 1953-1955,

Head Coach at Henderson City High School, 1955-1957.

T. L. (full name is Truman Layton Plain) Plain, was the consummate coach, demanding excellence, and he received it!!! He stressed teamwork, and he received it!!! He demanded discipline and he received it!!!. He demanded dedication  and he received it!!! 
Above all, T. L. stressed "Teamwork" as his priority in coaching.

He received them all.

Head coach at Breckingridge

County 1951  & 1952 seasons.

Head coach at Barret Mauual Training from 1953 to Barret's closing in 1955, & at the new Henderson High City 1955 through 1957. (both as head coach in  baseball & basketball).

Head coach at Vincennes High

School from 1957 to 1959.

Coach of KHSAA West all-star basketball team that defeated the East all-stars in the last of this series between the West & east all-stars.

Head coach at Kentucky Wesleyan from 1959 to 1963.

Head coach at Vincennes High School from 1966 to 1968.

Assistant coach at University of Louisville from 1969 to 1971.

Assistant coach at University of Kentucky from 1971 to 1973. (T. L. could have been been selected as head coach at UK, replacing the legendary Adolph Rupp, instead Joe B. Hall was chosen as Rupp's replacement.)

Head coach at Utah State University from 1973 to 1976.

Retired from Executive Inn in Evansville, Ind. as coordinator of convention sales in 1996.

   The McLean County native from Sacremento, KY graduated from Western Kentucky State Teachers College  (now Western Kentucky University), and received his master’s degree from Murray State.    

     Coach Plain has resided in Owensboro, KY. with his wife Juanita since 2005. His fondest memories of Henderson City High coaching was the great group of athletes that he had. Coach Plain said he never had a problem with any member of the Barret teams or the Henderson City teams. Coach Plain said the best basketball player he ever coached was Kelly Coleman. Even  though Kelly Coleman was a totatally undisciplined player, he was the purest shooter he ever saw. 

     T. L.'s finest years in Henderson, the 1955 Barret baseball team finished 4th in the state tournament, and finished 3rd in the state baseball tournament as head coach at City High in 1956. His 1954-55 Barret basketball team finished 3rd in the Kentucky High School sweet 16 contest, and finished 2nd losing with a very tired team.namely Carr Creek High School in the state finals in the 1955-56 season.

     Coach Plain had nothing but praise for Pascal Benson. Coach Plain does name another player as his all-time favorite player to coach. That high school boy was Sammy Joe Shelton, whom Coach Plain calls Mr. Do anything and everything, a Charlie Hustle years before that phrase became popular, in every sport he played and he said Sammy played them all to perfection. He also called Sammy the most disciplined athlete he ever coached. In this writer's opinion, those are the highest praise any coach can bestow upon an athlete. That about says it all!!!!!!!!!!!

    Dave Eakins stated that the replacement for retiring legendary coach Adolph Rupp was between the top 2 assistant coaches at U. K.,  T. L. Plain & Joe B. Hall for the head coaching job.  Isn't it strange how fate works? Again, fate denied greatness for T. L. Plain.

Donald A. Chapman, 85, Henderson, passed away at 2:17 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, An educator for 43 years, Don retired from Henderson Community College where he taught for 27 years. Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Elizabeth "Betsy" Chapman.

Don Chapman  
Assistant basketball and football coach at Barret from 1952 through 1955 & at the newly constructed City High from 1956 and 1957.
Head basketball and baseball coach at Henderson City High from 1957 through 1959.
Head coach at Fort Knox High School
Principal at Henderson County High School in 1970 -71.
Guidance counselor at the Henderson Community College 1974-1976.

     This native New Yorker, Don Chapman graduated from Western Kentucky in 1952, and was a punter on the Hilltopper football team.  Don Chapman, was the perfect assistant coach with T. L. Plain's style of basketball. Don replaced Coach Plain when T. L. left for Vincennes. He remained at the helm for 1 1/2 years.
    Don resided in Henderson until his death, and was married to Betsy (Royster).   
Assistant Coach Don Chapman
Barret Manual High  1954-55
Henderson City High Coach 1955-1956.
Ass't Coach of state 3rd place Barret High School
Ass't Coach of state 2nd place Henderson City High


Don Shelton
Head Coach: Barret Manual
Training High School, 1952, 1953, 1954.
Head Coach: Henderson City High School, 1955-1959. 
Kentucky State Football
Champions 1955 & 1959.
Head coach: Murray State University, 1960-1966.
Assistant basketball coach: Barret Manual Training
 High School 1952-1955.
Assistant basketball coach:
Henderson City High School, 1956-1959.


   A four-sport high school star at Barret in the mid-1940's, Shelton went on to earn four football letters at the University of Louisville under former Barret coach Frank Camp. Shelton would return to Barret in 1952 as football coach, where he posted a career record of 45-24-5.

     His 1955 Henderson City High team was 10-0 and won the mythical state championship. His 1959 team finished 12-0 and captured the first-ever Class AA state championship. Shelton later was head coach at Murray State. Through the 1959 football season, Don Shelton was the only KHSAA coach to have two undefeated seasons.  

     Shelton & his wife Judy were residing in Covington KY. relocated to Ocala, FL in 2009.

     On a sad note, Coach Don Shelton passed away Oct. 4, 2011, at the age of 83 in Ocala, Fl.

Chester Montgomery
Coach Chester Montgomery coached the Flash basketball & baseball teams from the 1960-61 into the 1962-63 season when he resigned in midseason of the basketball season to scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates. His best season was the 1961-62 season leading the Flash basletball squad to a very respectible 20-7 season.

This web-site is dedicated to the Barret Manual &
Henderson City High Sports teams from 1954-1963.
Especially the Henderson City High 1955-56 sports teams
that had so many great gifted student/athletes.  

Property of
, TM, , 2008, 2009, 2010  

The contents of this web site are intended to be used

only for the educational  value and entertainment enjoyment.

An alumni of Henderson City High School stated to me:

"Once a Flashman, always a Flashman".  

Truer words have never been spoken.

Many thanks to the people listed below for their contributions.
Jim Adams (HHS '59),
Elaine Benson (HNHS: '59),
Pascal Benson (HHS '56) 
Don Gish (BMTHS '55),
Glenda Alexander Guess (HHS '57),
Shirley Hagan (HHS '56),
Billy Haynes (HHS '59),
Sonda Keach Nolan (HHS '56),
Dr. Fred Schuette (HHS '56),
Sammy Joe Shelton (HHS '56),
Bud Bayard Walters (HHS '59),
Coach T. L. Plain


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, TM, , 2007, 2008, 2009. 2010,

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